He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +11%
Welp, subtlety just got thrown out of the window! The piercing bitterness of RIPA links up with exacerbated rye grain, whisky and oak for a complete assault on the taste buds. They simply have no chance with this massive brew.
As the beer pours, it stands tall with a masculine darkness that finds the line where garnet meets mahogany. As it sheds a whisping and creamy cap of foam, the bubbles eventually succumb to the beer's strength as its foam folds back into the beer- rendering its appearance to take the shape of dark whisky.
Its incredible aromatics are citrusy, piny, oaken and spicy with a husky grain scent- all that's wrapped in a cocoon of hearty malt- toasted maple, toffee, buckwheat and molasses all greet the nose as wood spices round out an earthy tinge right before the taste.
Its powerful aromas translate to an equally intimidating taste. As its decadent sweetness wraps around the tongue, it seep in deeply with toasted nutty, toffee, bready and gooey burnt caramel. Its robust candied taste seems to drip from grapefruit, orange and lemon peels as a citrusy tone meets the middle. All the while, the spicy rye grain links up with the hops seamlessly- elevating the status of both. As the ale develops its pithy and resinous bitterness, elements of oak and pine protrude and offers some semblance of balance in the beers long and bittersweet finish.
Its full body acts like barleywine as its sultry sweetness is dense but never cloying. As the sweetness slowly dissolves on the tongue it allows for the spicy pang of wood tannin and rye to snip at the mouth, paving the way for hops to offer its resinous dryness to close.
RIPA on Rye is a complex beer that is so based on its own straight forward bigness. Its a powerful ale that is meant for a slow and patient session, opening up elements of fruit marmalade and tobacco in its waning sips.
03-17-2014 17:54:51 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured in a Stone Old Guardian glass, sipped over the course of ninety minutes or so, R.I.P.A. on Rye looks dark ruby in hue, with a thin off white head, looking like a barley wine. The head doesn't stick around, nor does any lace. On the nose is found mostly whiskey, burnt sugar, spicy rye, and caramel. The taste follows the nose, however, after some time of warming the hops finally force their way through this vicious brew, revealing lupulins mostly of the citrus: grapefruit variety. Mouthfeel is a combination of full bodied, somewhat sweet malt and a fairly aggressive hop attack on the end of the palate.
This is my first IPA or DIPA that had undergone barrel aging, and I find it to be quite impressive. All of the flavors are well integrated into the whole - the barrel aspect isn't dominating and all the described above features play a nicely balanced role. Recommended.
03-10-2014 00:31:52 | More by fox227
4.26/5 rDev +8.7%
Except for the gusher I wasn't expecting causing me to lose beer not cool this was killer. Reminded me of my first RIPA years ago, which had to be older since it was a rye malt bomb, which I loved since ipas with some age do not bother me at all, and are usually preferrable for my tastes.
Beautiful caramel color, big aromas of rye malt and rye whiskey. Taste follows, huge rye malt and whiskey bomb, the hops poke thru in the second pour, adding a nice bitterness. Butterscotch and very thick, sticky. Not the most drinkable but this is just a huge beer in every respect. Very strong and flavorful, and absolutely outstanding.
03-03-2014 15:03:58 | More by RacerX5k
3.89/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottled on 08/15/2013; batch #3.
Mahogany color. A yellow/sepia head simmered at nearly a half-inch, but fell quickly and left a ring. Very cloudy looking.
Has a powerful liquery hop nose. Stocky rye presence with a tempered pungency. The whiskey notes compose of American oak, leather, and toffee; also accentuated by the malts. Some dank orange in the mix. Enjoyable.
A whole lot of whiskey! Not terribly boozy, just reminiscent of a glass of Rittenhouse. Hops are a great touch with dank citrus, pine, and earthiness. A lot of spicy rye flavors with the malty thickness of brown bread. Body is filled-out to huffy. Laid back carbonation that has a finishing afterburst. It's a massive beer, except that 10% is appropriately represented. That was one aspect that I thought I might struggle with.
It's a treat. I love regular Lenny's, and while this is not an improvement, per se; it's still a good drink.
02-20-2014 23:00:23 | More by thecheapies
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. 2013 vintage.
Pours a murky cola brown. No head really, with very minimal lacing.
Smells like brown sugar, earthy and spicy rye whiskey, and pine needles. Very nice.
Very similar taste, with a huge emphasis on the rye whiskey. The rye malt itself makes a welcome appearance, attempting to keep the beer dry. But the high alcohol, malt sweetness, and aged hop flavor keep this beer a little too sweet for my liking. The remaining hop flavors impart mostly bitterness, with a tiny amount of musty grapefruit. Sticky brown sugar is a big flavor in this too. Tastes almost like dry-hopped straight rye whiskey, really.
Full mouthfeel, almost flat carbonation. Very warming.
An interesting experiment here. I don't usually believe in barrel aging DIPAs, but this worked. It was far from perfect, but a worthy shot anyway.
02-17-2014 00:10:13 | More by GreesyFizeek
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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